I thought it was time to answer what I can, as best as I can… I was walking and was hit by a vehicle (this much, I'm sure you already know). According to news reports, someone got out of the SUV that hit me, checked my pulse, and decided to leave the scene. They were apprehended shortly after and the driver was caught driving under the influence.
Shortly after, first responders found me unconscious, in a ditch, on the side of the road and in critical condition. Medical staff cut my lungs and rammed tubes down them to help me breath. I was then transported to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in downtown Pittsburgh. Upon my arrival, I had nothing but underwear on, so, I remained a John Doe for two and a half days until finally being identified. My mother was contacted by my bosses, as soon as they got word, and she flew to Pittsburgh immediately. For the next 4-5 days I don’t have any memory of being in the hospital, but I had my mother by my side to watch over me as the top medical staff tried to fix my ailments and keep me alive. They cut open my abdomen to sew up my intestines and colon three times. They stopped operating on me and couldn’t put a screw in my pelvis because i had become septic (the sepsis infection nearly took my life numerous times). Medical staff put a ventilator in my mouth to help me breath, but it took them three days to get it out again when it got stuck. High-five's all around, from the Docs, as they dislodged it; but as a result, I now have a raspy, whiskey voice that we’re currently looking at fixing.
Due of my lungs, UPMC med staff recommended against ground transportation, so I was air-lifted to TBRHSC. I spent the next six days in Thunder Bay Regional hospital before getting transferred to St. Joes Hospital (for more rehabilitation). Now I lay in bed with a broken nose, neck, spine, ribs, pelvis, and two lower legs. I miss the shit out of my kids and cant wait until we are reunited; which, in itself, is incentive to get back on my feet.
Thank-you all for your out-pouring of love and support, I can't wait to see you soon.
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